Utah Cross Country
Table of Contents 2009 Schedule
Quick Facts and Schedule .................................................. 1 Date Opponent Location
What They’re Saying About Coach Kepler ..................... 2 Sept. 5 Utah State Open Logan, Utah
Award Winners..................................................................... 3
Head Coach Kyle Kepler .................................................... 4 Sept. 19 Montana State Invitational Bozeman, Mont.
Coaching Staff ....................................................................... 5 Sept. 25 Utah Valley Invitational Orem, Utah
2009 Preview......................................................................... 6-8
Oct. 10 Nevada Invitational Reno, Nev.
2009 Roster........................................................................... 9
Meet the Utes ....................................................................... 10-17 Oct. 17 Chile Pepper Invitational Fayetteville, Ark.
2008 Results .......................................................................... 18 Oct. 31 MWC Championships Provo, Utah
Utah Cross Country Venues .............................................. 19
Athlete Development.......................................................... 20 Nov. 14 NCAA Regionals Albuquerque, N.M.
The University of Utah ....................................................... 21 Nov. 23 NCAA Championships Terre Haute, Ind.
Salt Lake City ........................................................................ 22
Utah Sports Information
University of Utah Director: Liz Abel
Associate Director: Kyle Harris
Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84112 Assistant Director: Brooke Frederickson
Metro Population: 1,333,914 Assistant Director: Mike DeVIne
Elevation: 4,657 feet above sea level
President: Dr. Michael K.Young
Office Phone: (801) 581-8997
Athletics Director: Dr. Chris Hill
Founded: 1850 Office Manager: Kate Sturgeon
Enrollment: 29, 251 Student Assistant (XC Contact): Heather Harrison
Nickname: Utes E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colors: Crimson and White Office Phone: (801) 581-351
Mascot: Swoop (Red-Tailed Hawk)
Facilities: Tally Stevens Track Stadium/
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Web Site: www.UtahUtes.com
Conference: Mountain West
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Head Coach: Kyle Kepler http://twitter.com/Utah_trackfield
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa, 1998/2004
Office Phone: (801) 585-6858
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Assistant Coach: Shayla Houhlihan
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa, 2007; Utah, 2009
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Carol Eckerly
Alma Mater: Akron, 2009 http://facebook.com/uathletics
2008 in Review
MWC Finish: 3rd/9
NCAA Regional Finish: 6th/18
Top Utah Individual: Alyssa Abbott, 9th (20:52.4) Credits: Country Media Guide was writtern by Heateher Harrison, Sports Information
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2009 NCAA Championships: Student Assistant. Designed and edited by Mike DeVine, Assistant Sports Information Director.
Photography by Steve Wilson, Tom Smart, Scott Pettett, Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake
Alyssa Abbott, 76th (21:00.5) Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Utah Travel Council. Cover design by Mike DeVine.
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Director of Sports Medicine • University of Utah
“Coach Kepler is a great coach. He truly cares about all of his athletes and keeps himself well informed on their injuries and limitations.
More than any coach I have worked with, he has been able to help his athletes continue to train and improve despite what injuries they
may have. He is able to help motivate his athletes to find their best and be self-motivated to work at achieving their best. I consider him a
friend and love to work with him and the athletes in his program because they demand so much of themselves.”
Head Cross Country and Track Coach • Webster City Schools, Webster City, Iowa •
President of the Iowa Association of Track Coaches
“From the moment he showed up on my front porch as a high school freshman, through an outstanding high school and collegiate running
career, to assistant and head coaching duties at the University of Northern Iowa (which included serving as the director of the NCAA Di-
vision I Championships) to now leading the up-and-coming Utah program, Kyle Kepler has been a proven winner, team leader, and program
developer. His intense commitment to excellence for each individual and the team as a whole allows him to foster the relationships and
development among his squads that create excitement and success.”
Beth Wolfgram CSCS, MS, RD, CD
Sports Nutritionist, University of Utah Athletic Department • Adjunct Faculty University of Utah Division of Nutrition
“[Kepler] is very dedicated to the overall health and well-being of his team and he has made performance
related nutrition a priority for his athletes. [Kepler] continues to involve me with the team and individual
athletes he is concerned about. He emphasizes an approach that focuses on both the performance of an athlete today, but also the long
term health of the athlete. He is a great team player and cares so much about his athletes.”
University of Utah • Athletics Academic Services
“Since Coach Kepler has been at Utah, all of his teams have had cumulative GPAs above a 3.0. and they have been recognized with All-Aca-
demic awards from the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches’
Associations. He truly recognizes the importance of the balance between academics and athletics.”
Glenwood Girls Track and Field/Cross Country Coach • Glenwood Community Schools (Iowa)
“I met “Kep” while he was an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa. My two sons and I attended the track and field/cross
country camp at Northern Iowa while he was there. “Kep” and I developed a lasting friendship. His coaching techniques and guidance go far
beyond athletics. His personality allows him to get the best from all of the people he meets. He is very loyal to his athletes and coaches and
works hard to be the best. It is an honor for me to call him friend and colleague.”
Former student-athlete • University of Northern Iowa
“Coach Kepler is an outstanding coach who is committed to leading his cross country and track and Field teams to the next level. His
passion, dedication and patience for the sport of running has and will continue to bring his teams great success. In addition, Coach Kepler’s
experience as a former student athlete is an invaluable asset for promoting the importance of performing well in the classroom. He is such
a great coach, Utah is lucky to have him.”
Head Cross Country Coach • Head Track & Field Coach • Elko High School (Nev.)
“Coach Kepler is a great coach who has an amazing ability to take a young athlete fresh out of high school and turn her in to a competitive
NCAA Division 1 athlete. He realizes that each athlete has different potential and works hard to get each girl to that potential. As a dis-
tance coach for 11 years, I have had more than my fair share of athletes compete at the next level and I can honestly say that the distance
program under Coach Kepler at the University of Utah is usually my highest recommendation for my female athletes.”
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1981 Jill Molen
1981 Carla Pittelkour
1981 Mary Lou Sedgwick
1982 Jill Molen 25th*
1987 Celsa Bowman 16:48.80 23rd*
1999 Johanna Nielsen 17:49.40 72nd
2004 Elise Greenwood-Bahr 21:45.10 79th
2008 Alyssa Abbott 21:00.50 76th
* denotes NCAA All-American
Jill Molen is Utah’s only two-time
NCAA All-Region Performers since 1998 national meet qualifier, running in the
AIAW Nationals in 1981 then the NCAA
Championships in 192.
2008 Alyssa Abbott, Chelsea DiGrazia
2007 Alyssa Abbott
2004 Elise Greenwood-Bahr
1999 Johanna Nielsen
1998 Johanna Nielsen
MWC All-Conference Performers
Johanna Nielsen (First Team)
Charity Vernon (Second Team)
Elise Greenwood-Bahr (First Team)
Elise Greenwood-Bahr (First Team)
Alyssa Abbott (First Team)
Chelsea DiGrazia (Second Team)
Chelsea DiGrazia earned NCAA All-Recognition in 2008.
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Kyle Kepler 2006-07
During the 2006 cross country season, Kepler guided freshman Abbott to a top
Head Coach 25 finish at the MWC Championships (23rd) and a top 50 finish at the NCAA
Mountain Region Championships (46th). After only a year under Kepler’s coaching,
Fifth Year • Northern Iowa, the Utes improved to 6th-place in the team standings.
During the track season, Kepler saw seven all-MWC performers between the
indoor and outdoor seasons, and coached two MWC outdoor champions: Shapard
and Amanda Feigt. The two Utes went on to qualify for regionals along with
Abbott, Mandie Rowell and Susan Atwater. Shapard and Feigt were also NCAA
qualifiers during the 2007 outdoor season.
Feigt was a USA Track and Field national qualifier in the 400m hurdles where she
Kyle Kepler is heading into his fifth year as the head coach of the University of Utah was a semi finalist. Abbott was junior national qualifier in the 800m run.
women’s cross country and track & field programs. Kepler’s organization and attention
to detail have allowed him to develop a solid foundation and create a competitive 2005-06
program that has steadily improved each year. In 11 years of coaching Division I The 2005 cross country runners also thrived under Kepler’s direction. While the
athletics, Kepler has seen 28 conference champions, 112 all-conference athletes, 25 Utes finished seventh at the MWC championships, he saw three personal-best
regional qualifiers, 15 all-region athletes, 20 NCAA qualifiers, and nine NCAA All- performances from his team at the 6km conference championship meet.
Americans. The Utes are also noted for their strong academics, earning the 12th-highest
team GPA in the country in both 2007 (3.64) and 2008 (3.65). Kepler also guided two athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champion-
ships in 2006. Vanessa Mortensen qualified in the hammer throw and just missed
2008-09 All-America accolades with a 10th-place finish (190-7), while Feigt was a first-time
The 2008 season was a banner year for Coach Kepler and the Utes. He coached qualifier in the 400m hurdles (1:00.7). In addition to the four new school marks
the cross country team to a third place finish at the Mountain West Conference in 2006, the Webster City, Ia., native also helped his athletes set 144 new personal
Championships, which is the highest finish in school history. En route to that third place bests.
finish, the Utes defeated defending conference champions Colorado State. The team
also had a top ten finish in the NCCA Regional Meet, placing sixth overall. Alyssa Abbott When 2006 was all said and done, he saw four of his athletes (Feigt twice, AJ Roby
(9th) and Chelsea DiGrazia (21st) were named to the NCAA All-Mountain Region and Mortensen) garner all-conference accolades, upping his career total of all-
team. Abbott advanced to the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships where she conference athletes to 80. In addition to all-conference, Kepler mentored another
placed 76th with a time of 21:00.5, missing all-American status by 19 seconds. 19 conference champions.
The successful momentum transferred into the track and field season as Kepler In his first season, Kepler saw three athletes and his 4x100m relay team all set
coached his athletes to set 135 new personal bests between the indoor and new school marks. Among the top performances in school history were Feigt’s
outdoor seasons. The team finished fifth at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor 3,880-point performance in the pentathlon, Mortensen’s 205-foot throw in the
Championships. Senior Chelsea Shapard won the 400m hurdles for the third hammer and Roby’s 47-3.5 effort in the shot put.
consecutive year, while junior Sarah Grimm and true freshman Langley Iverson won
the hammer throw and high jump titles, respectively. Seven Utes were named to the Personal
all-conference team in four events. Prior to coming to Utah, Kepler served as Northern Iowa’s head men’s and
women’s cross country coach and as an assistant track and field coach for the two
Kepler and his staff coached two athletes (Shapard and Grimm) through the NCAA seasons.
Track and Field National Championships. Shapard qualified and competed at the 2009
USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, finishing 21st overall. Iverson qualified He was on staff at UNI for a total of seven years, serving as an assistant cross
and competed at the 2009 USA Track and Field Junior National Championships. country coach for five years prior to being named head coach in 2003. Kepler was
named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in
2007-08 2003 after leading the Panthers to an MVC title. The Panthers won 12 MVC titles
In 2007, Kepler coached the cross country team to an improved fifth place finish in the among cross country and in indoor and outdoor track during his tenure with the
MWC Championships, including three top 25 finishers. At the NCAA Mountain Region Panthers.
Championships, sophomore Abbott finished 24th overall and was named to the NCAA
All-Mountain Region team. Kellie Anderson and Lauren Endersen also garnered top 50 Kepler has coached nine NCAA Division I All-America athletes and has had 20
finishes at the NCAA Reginal Championships. of his athletes qualify for the NCAA Cross Country or Track and Field Cham-
pionships. He served as the meet manager for the 2003 NCAA Cross Country
On the track, Shapard broke her own school record in the 400m hurdles with a time of Championships and Pre-Nationals meet. Kepler was also named the meet director
58.07 at the Arkansas Twilight. She also went on to win her second consecutive MWC of the annual A. D. Dickinson Relays, one of the largest high school indoor meets in
400m hurdle title. Shapard was named to the all-West Region Team after a third place the nation.
finish at the NCAA West Region Championships. At the NCAA Championships, she
advanced to the semifinals and finished 15th overall. Kepler was a varsity athlete at University of Northern Iowa. He took part in both
cross country and track and field for the Panthers, serving as a team captain during
Josefin Berg had a podium finish at the MWC Championships where she was an all- the 1997-98 school year. As an athlete, Kepler was a member of five MVC cham-
MWC performer after placing third with a hammer throw of 182-3. She qualified for pionship teams. He earned all-conference honors nine times during his collegiate
the NCAA West Regional Championships and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA career, was a two-time all-region cross country selection and a six-time Academic
Track and Field Championships. She placed 22nd overall with a throw of 185-10. All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree.
The Utes finished sixth in the outdoor MWC Championships and seventh at the indoor Kepler holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Northern Iowa. He
MWC Championships. earned his master’s degree in physical education in 2004 and graduated with a
bachelor’s in secondary education-geography in 1998.
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SecondYear • Northern Iowa, 2007
Shayla Houlihan enters her second season as an assistant cross country coach.
Last season on the track, Houlihan qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the steeplechase after finishing fourth in the steeplechase, eighth in the 1500m, and being
a member of the fourth-place distance medley relay team at the indoor MWC Championships. Houlihan was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic and MWC
Academic All-Conference teams. Houhlihan finished with the Northern Iowa school record in the steeplechase and won the 8,000m at the 2007 Drake Relays.
Houlihan graduated from UNI with a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching and working on master’s of science in health promotion and education at
the University of Utah.
First Year • Akron, 2008
Carol Eckerly joins the Utah cross country coaching staff for her first season. Eckerly most recently competed at the University of Akron for two seasons after starting
her career at Miami University (Ohio) from 2004 to 2007.
Last season with the Zips, Eckerly was named Akron’s Most Improved for the 2008 outdoor season and won the Mid-American Conference Outdoor championship
in the 10,000-meter race (35:54.62), which stands as the third-fastest time in school history. In 2007, she ran in Akron’s first three cross country meets, having a best
finish of eighth at the Tommy Evans Invitational.
Eckerly began her career by competing for three seasons at Miami University. She was named to the Academic All-MAC for the 2005 cross country season. She
earned second team All-MAC recognition in cross country as a freshman after placing seventh at the conference meet. Eckerly graduated from the University of Akron
with a bachelor’s degree in education. .
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The 2009 Utah women’s cross country team is eager to get into Facing challenging situations is something senior redshirt Alyssa
competition this year even though it faces the challenge of being a young Abbott knows much about. She battled an IT band injury all of last year,
team after the graduation of several outstanding seniors. Last season, but still managed to have a stellar cross country season. After finishing
the Utes obtained their highest finish in school history (third) at the in the top 10 at the NCAA regional meet, Abbott advanced to the
Mountain West Conference Championships and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. She was able to finish the
NCAA Regional Championships. Although the team is young this year, 6K run in 21:00.5 for 76th-place overall, missing All-American status by
fifth-year head coach Kyle Kepler is confident the team will grow into a just 19 seconds. It was the first time since 2004 Utah was able to send a
strong and competitive squad. representative to the prestigious race. Abbott also made the All-MWC
First Team with her fourth-place finish at the conference championship
“I like the makeup of this team,” said Kepler. “Everyone wants to meet.
work hard and learn together. I think they understand that growing and
working together will better benefit them as individuals and allow us to “We’re red shirting Alyssa this year to allow her to recover more
continue moving the program forward within the conference, region, and thoroughly from her IT band injury that she suffered last year. She is the
nationally. team leader and is still important in helping the young kids to develop,”
said Kepler. “Her training is a little bit different than the rest of the team
“It’s amazing how much this team reminds me of my first Utah team because she isn’t in season, but she gives us the leadership that we need
five years ago. They are young, but they listen and are eager to get better since we are so young. She is a huge factor in how we develop as a team
every day. That makes my job fun on a daily basis and will allow our this year.”
program to continue to move forward at a quicker pace.
Brooke Casagranda, a native to Elko, Nev., returns to the
“Our expectations are a little different when compared to last year, team after a redshirt season last year due to injuries. She competed
but I expect us to stay in the upper division of the league and be a top- unattached last year at the Utah Valley University Open 5K with a time
10 team in the region,” said Kepler. “It will be a different challenge this of 22:54.3.
year as a young team, but we have established our program there now.”
Kepler will be joined by former Utah distance runner and second-year “Brooke is back and has had a good summer of training. She has
assistant Shayla Houlihan and first-year assistant Carol Eckerly. definitely improved from a year ago but she is a great team leader as
well and handles everyone so well,” said Kepler. “She will be helping us
“I have two outstanding assistants this year. Shayla has been with as much off the running path as she will on it since she is also a great
us as an athlete and as an assistant last year. She provides on the job student. The freshmen will gain from her experiences and it will make
training for our gals and has been the person that has been there and their transition a lot smoother.”
done it. I think it helps with the communication process between the
team and myself,” said Kepler. A native of Salt Lake City and a product of Skyline High School,
Megan Combe will be joining the Ute’s squad as a freshman. She
“Our newest assistant, Carol, just finished her career at the University lettered all four years in high school in cross country, and was named
of Akron as an outstanding distance runner. Carol and Shayla run post- team captain for her senior year for both cross country and track and
collegiately and give the girls a perspective of what to expect when given field team.
situations present themselves. They bring valuable information to this
young team that will help them develop.” “Megan comes from a great high school program so she is used
to doing some of the things that we have asked her to do already,” said
Kepler. “She came in with a couple of nagging injuries but they seem to
be healing up. We’ll keep her up and going because she is a competitor
who loves to race.”
Alyssa Abbott Brooke Casagranda
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Alexis Davis, a junior and native to Aurora, Ohio, enters her Freshman Chantel Hunt joins the Utes from Crystal, N.M. where she
third year with the Utah cross country program, giving the young attended Navajo Pine High School. Her current best in a 5K run is 19:20
team structure and veteran guidance. Last year she raced in the which helped her earn Navajo Times Cross Country Female Runner of the
MWC Championships 6K and finished with a time of 25:26. Year.
“Alexis has really worked hard on her overall strength and “She came to our program in a unique situation. She grew up on a
fitness and that’s really helped her in the past year,” said Kepler. reservation in Arizona and New Mexico and did all of her training on her
“She’s improved quite a bit and even in these early-season practices, own. She is a self-made runner who has great strength,” said Kepler. “We’ll
she has led me to believe that she will be a contributing factor to be working on her foot speed and getting her to run a little better with
the team this year. This is kind of her break out season this year. We the group. I think once she does that, she’ll be fine. She has shown good
are hoping to really see her do that and step up and fill in that void signs in practice and has great days, but we’ll look for more consistency.”
that was left by our four graduating seniors.”
Early season standout freshman Jenny McCune has already shown
After being diagnosed with a rare stress fracture at the start of a great deal of promise to the cross country program. She is a local runner
the season, freshman McKenzie Dean, a native to Pahrump, Nev., out of Sandy, Utah, who ran for the cross country and track teams in
will be a medical redshirt this year. She currently has a personal best addition to playing defense on the Alta High School soccer team. She also
of 18:46 in the 5K run and was named the Las Vegas Review Journal has strong academics, graduating from Alta High School with a 4.0 GPA to
Athlete of the Year for cross country in 2007 and 2008. earn academic all-state honors in all three sports.
“McKenzie had been bothered by her foot since her senior high “With Jenny, every day is a good day and if it’s not, you’ll never know
school track season. She got here and finally got diagnosed and it it,” said Kepler. “She is always smiling and having a good time. She brings
just ended up being worse than anyone thought,” said Kepler. “She that positive attitude to practice for everybody and that’s fun. She is
is a great kid and a very good student. Even though this has been very competitive so we’re looking for big things from her this year. She is
a tough way to start, she has been very positive and doing cross already showing great signs.”
training in the pool and on the elliptical. We are looking forward to
getting her back for the track season.” Freshman Amanda Mergaert has been another strong anchor for
the Utes early in the season. She attended Utica High School in Shelby
Kacee Hildebrandt comes to Utah as a sophomore transfer Township, Mich., where she competed on the cross country and track
from Paradise Valley Community College (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). She teams. She was a member of the National Honor Society and earned the
placed 28th in the NJCAA Cross Country Nationals 5K run with a McDonald’s Athlete-Scholar Award during her tenure at Utica High School.
time of 18:50. Originally from Cedar Hills, Utah, Hildebrandt is back
in her home state ready to adjust to the NCAA Division I level. “Amanda absolutely hates to lose more than anything in life whether
“Kacee is a local product that is a transfer after a year at Paradise on the course, track, or in the classroom. She is a very good student and
Valley Community College. She thought she needed a transition year has transitioned very well,” said Kepler. “She has a long ways to go and
before competing in Division I athletics, and I think that really helped has a lot to learn, but her competitiveness has helped her so far.” Senior
her,” said Kepler. “Even though she is a first year for us, it is very Sydney Osmun joined the cross country team last year after a prior
evident that she has had a year of college under her belt. She runs two-year stint with Utah’s swimming and diving team. The Elko, Nev. native
more miles than anyone on the team. She is a strong runner and I competed in four meets last year, including the Colorado State Open
feel that she’ll be a major contributor to what we’re trying to do where she finished in 21:15.0 in the 5K course.
Alexis Davis Jenny McCune
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“I know that she will give everything she has on a daily basis Although her time on the track and field team came to a
and is a great leader for this team. She keeps us loose and keeps close last season, senior Chelsea Shapard will be trying her
us from outthinking ourselves sometimes,” said Kepler. “We are athletic abilities with the cross country team during the 2009
looking for her to continue to develop as a runner here.” season. The last time she competed for a cross country team was
during her time at Park City High School (Park City, Utah) where
Zoe Roy will be playing a role on both Utah’s cross and ski she contributed to the team’s state titles in 2004 and 2005.
teams this year. Last year, she trained with the cross country team
as much as possible and competed in the Utah Valley University “Everyone knows Chelsea from her accolades and all of the good
Open 5K, where she finished in 20:06.4 for 30th place. things she did for us with our track program,” said Kepler. “She
is talented enough as an athlete she might be able to help us this
“Zoe struggled a little bit with some shin problems over year in cross country. For her to have had so much success at
the summer but is starting to get herself back into pretty good such a high level, this team needs to feel that and be a part of
shape. We’re looking to have her join us at any time,” said Kepler. it to understand what it takes to get there. She also has a great
“She may only be able to help us for a few races, but she will be a personality and some natural leadership abilities to bring to the
definite contributor when she steps onto the team for us.” team.”
Freshman Rachel Schmalzle joins the Utes from Hawley, Another local product out of Provo, Utah, is Hilary
Penn., where she attended Wallenpaupack High School. She earned Troutner. She was a two-year captain and earned the MVP award
Times Tribune All-Region Runner of the Year three consecutive for Timpview High School’s cross country and track teams. In
years in a row and set a personal best of 18:45 in a 5K run. cross country, she set a personal best in the three-mile run with
a time of 18:07. “Hilary is a solid kid. Every day I know that I’m
“It is going to be about consistency as a freshman and trying getting everything out of her. She loves to run and comes from a
to be at a high level each day at practice. She is learning that every good high school program,” said Kepler. “She is very consistent and
day is like a state meet here,” said Kepler. “We’ve seen some really you can count on her to be there every day to work for you. Her
strong days in practice. She is adapting and making good choices development won’t be just a couple of months. I think we’ll see her
in her life and doing a good job. She has a ways to go, but you can full potential after a few seasons. The good thing is, is that she is
see it’s there.” head strong and loves to run.”
Carly Selleck, a junior from Billings, Mont., returns to the Adrienne Wilson is a true freshman out of Kitchener,
Utes after competing in five races for the Utes last season as a Ontario, Canada, who was a member of the 4x400m team that
first-year collegiate runner. She aided the team in several races, won a bronze medal in 2007 at the Ontario Federation of School
including the Colorado State Open where she placed 18th overall. Athletic Association OFSAA). In 2006, Wilson earned 12th-place
At the NCAA Mountain Region Championships 6K race, Selleck overall at the OFSAA cross country meet as well. “Adrienne is a
set a new personal best with a time of 23:03.5. very talented kid that had a string of bad luck on her third day in
practice. She tripped and almost fell, but while catching herself she
“She transferred here a year ago from Montana State and broke her foot. She will be red-shirting this year,” said Kepler. “She
struggled with a few injuries last year. If we can keep her healthy, I is a relentless worker that does everything she can to get better.
really feel that she has enough talent that will really be valuable to She is a great competitor that comes from a great club team in
our program,” said Kepler. “She has great foot speed and in track Canada. She knows what hard work is and knows what is ahead
we’ll move her up to the longer distances, so cross country will of her. This is the first major injury she has had so hopefully she’ll
help her strength base.” recover from it quickly.”
Last year, Lucy Yates was unable to race during the cross
country season due to problems with eligibility clearance by the
NCAA, but they were resolved in time for her to compete in the
indoor and outdoor track seasons. Yates will enter her first year as
a collegiate cross country runner this season and with her year of
experience in distance running with the track team, is anticipated
to be a good anchor for the squad.
“Lucy had an outstanding summer of running and set a new
personal record in the 800m at the UK Under-20 Championships.
I was there to see it, so that was awesome,” said Kepler. “This is
her first year of cross country in a couple years, but she is looking
good so far. She has a ton of foot speed and she just needs to run
comfortably to take advantage of that. She will provide leadership
to the team after being a part of the program for a year and
understanding our expectations.”
This year’s team resembles a lot of what coach Kepler’s first year
looked like: a young team eager to compete. The Utes have solid
leadership between the seven members returning to the program
and an experienced coaching staff. Combine that with the up-and-
coming talent that the new freshmen bring, it creates a recipe for
Carly Selleck many successful years to come.
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2009 Utah Cross Country Roster
Name Yr. Hometown High School
Alyssa Abbott R-Sr. Reno, Nev. Galena HS
Brooke Casagranda So. Elko, Nev. Elko HS
Megan Combe Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah Skyline HS
Alexis Davis Jr. Aurora, Ohio Aurora HS
McKenzie Dean Fr. Pahrump, Nev. Paharump HS
Samantha Gaffney Jr. Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial
Kacee Hildebrandt So. Cedar Hills, Utah Lone Tree HS
Chantel Hunt Fr. Window Rock, Ariz. Navajo Pines HS
Jenny McCune Fr. Sandy, Utah Alta HS
Amanda Mergaert Fr. Shelby Township, Mich. Utica HS
Sydney Osmun Sr. Elko, Nev. Elko HS
Zoe Roy So. Bend, Ore. Summit HS
Rachel Schmalzle Fr. Hawley, Penn. Wallenpaupack HS
Carly Selleck Jr. Billings, Mont. Senior HS
Chelsea Shapard Sr. Park City, Utah Park City HS
Hilary Troutner Fr. Provo, Utah Timpview HS
Adrienne Wilson Fr. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Resurrection Catholic SS
Lucy Yates R-Fr. St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, UK St. Albans Academy
2009 Utah Cross Country Seniors
Alyssa Abbott Sydney Osmun Chelsea Shapard
Reno, Nev. Elko, Nev. Park City, Utah
Galena HS Elko HS Park City HS
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and field meet ... helped team to Nevada state
championship in track and field in 2006.
Daughter of John and Juli Abbott ... brother
runs track at Washington State University …
majoring in Exercise and Sport Science with an
emphasis on exercise physiology ... born April 5,
Sr. • Reno, Nev.
Set a new personal best and qualified for
nationals at the NCAA Mountain Region
Championships after finishing in 20:52.4 and
earning ninth place overall … at the NCAA
National Championships, finished 76th out of
255 competitors (21:00.5) and missed All-
American status by 19 seconds … competed
at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet (6K) with
a 21:14 time for a 41st-place finish … placed
fourth overall at the Mountain West Conference
Championships (6K) with a time of 21:37 …
started the season at the Stanford Invite with a
31st-place finish after completing the course in
Utah’s top finisher at the 2007 NCAA Regional
Championships for a 24th-place (21:41.3) …
also earned Utah’s top finish (20th) at MWC
Championships with a 22:37 finish … in the
Chile Pepper Invitational, ran a 22:19 for 57th
place … opened the season with a 21st-place
finish at the Montana State Invitational with a
17:53 run ... earned the MWC Scholar-Athlete
Led the team with a 22nd-place (22:48.2) finish
at the MWC Championships ... also the team’s
top finisher at the NCAA Regional meet (46th,
22:45.9) ... claimed 85th at the Chile Pepper
Invite, clocking the event in 22:24 ... took 16th
(24:00.6) at the Utah Fall Twilight and fifth
(16:06) at the season-opening Reno Chase Race.
All-region and all-state in cross country (2002-
05) ... four-time all-region and all-state selection
in track and field ... state runner-up 800 meter
dash, 1600m and 3200m at the 2006 state track Alyssa Abbott
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Brooke Casagranda Megan Combe
So. • Elko, Nev. Fr. • Salt Lake City, Utah
Elko H.S. Skyline H.S.
At Utah High School:
Freshman (2008): Personal bests include the 1600m in 5:13,
Redshirt. 800m in 2:16, 400m in :58 … set a career
high in the 5000m as a senior with a time
High School: of 19:25 … lettered four years in cross
Personal bests include 5000m run in country and three years in track and field
19:41, 3200 meter run in 11:37, 1600m … team captain for cross country and
run in 5:28, 800m run in 2:27 … earned track and field during the 2008-09 season
the Wendy’s High School Heisman award … member of the cross country varsity
… 2008 class valedictorian … graduated team (ninth-12th grade) and varsity track
with an advanced diploma … member of team (10th-12th grade).
the Key Club, National Honors Society
and student council … also participated Brooke Casagranda Personal:
in soccer and basketball. Daughter of John and Laura Combe …
undecided on major … hobbies include
Personal: hiking and traveling … born January 10,
Daughter of Curtis and Randi 1991.
Casagranda … majoring in Biology
with plans to attend medical school …
hobbies include hiking, biking, and fishing
… born December 1, 1989.
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Alexis Davis McKenzie Dean
Jr. • Aurora, Ohio Fr. • Pahrump, Nev.
Aurora H.S. Pahrump HS
At Utah: High School:
Sophomore (2008): Personal bests include 3200m in 11:47,
Competed in the Montana State 1600m in 5:16, 800m in 2:20, 400m in :58,
Open, finishing the three-mile course and the 5000m in 18:46 … team MVP
in 19:20 … suffered an ankle sprain in 2008 and 2009 … MVP of the Virgin
during the Mountain West Conference Valley Track and Field Invitational in 2009
Championships, but finished in 25:26. … Las Vegas Track Classic winner in the
3200m run … Virgin Valley overall winner
Freshman (2007): in cross country … UNLV Winter Break
Competed in the MWC Championships Meet winner in the 800m, 1600m, and
for a 40th-place finish with a 24:02 run … 3200m events … 5000m winner at the
participated in the NCAA Championships University of Oregon Twilight … winner
for a 23:49 finish and 101st place … in
of the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m events
the BYU Invitational, ran a 20:14 race for at the Hillsboro Oregon Twilight … Las
a 42nd place finish … opened the season Vegas Review Journal Athlete of the Year
with a 35th-place finish (20:00) at the Utah for cross country in 2007 and 2008 …
State Open … earned the MWC Scholar- made the Southern Nevada Honor Roll
Athlete award … maintained a 4.0 GPA. from 2006-2009.
High School: Personal:
Four-time all-conference cross country Daughter of Deborah Carle and Scott
runner and a two-time all-conference track Dean … born March 11, 1991 …
athlete ... won four letters in both cross majoring in Mass Communication with
country and track ... won the Ohio High an emphasis in broadcast journalism and
School Athletic Associate Student Athlete Sports Psychology.
Award ... class salutatorian.
Daughter of Tim and Julie Davis ... born
February 23, 1990 ... undecided on major.
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Daughter of Lorrie and David
Gaffney … majoring in Health
Promotion and Education with plans
to attend medical school … born
March 14, 1988.
Samantha Gaffney Kacee Hildebrandt
Jr. • Salt Lake City, Utah So. • Cedar Hills, Utah
Judge Memorial HS Lone Tree HS/Paradise
At Utah Valley Community College
At Paradise Valley Community
Set a personal best at the NCAA Pre-
Nationals Meet with a time of 22:54 …
crossed the line in 23:11 for 18th-place
Placed 28th in the NJCAA Cross Country
overall at the Mountain West Conference
Nationals 5K with a time of 18:50 …
Championships … finished Utah State’s
placed 10th at the NJCAA Track and Field
three-mile course in 15:54.9.
Indoor 3000m run (11:03) … earned a
third-place finish at the NJCAA Track and
Field Outdoor meet in the 3000m steeple.
Medical redshirt due to injury.
Earned first place at the West Region
Junior Olympics and eighth place at the
Redshirted to preserve a year of
National Junior Olympics (18:23) …
placed sixth in the Utah State Class 5A
3200m run with a time of 11:16.13 and
10th in the 1600m run with a time of
Swept 3A state cross country titles all
5:14.93 … cross country team captain for
four years, making her the second person
four years … six-time MVP on high school
in state history to accomplish the feat ...
track and field team … earned academic
set 3A state cross country meet record
all-region honors … was a member of the
of 18:22 for 5,000m in 2005 ... also
National Honors Society and Youth City
won four state track titles, and led the
Council … also played point guard on
Sandy girls’ team to three high school
Lone Peak’s basketball team.
state track crowns ... captured state
1,600m honors in 2003 and 2005, and
won 3200m crowns in 2003 and 2004 ...
Daughter of Konrad and DeAnna
placed second in the 3200m at the 2005
Hildebrandt … majoring in Exercise and
state meet ... overcame injury to finish Kacee Hildebrandt Sport Science … born on March 29, 1990.
fifth in the 3,200m at state as a senior ...
a seven-time all-state honoree ... named
state 3A Cross Country Athlete of the
Year in all four seasons ... ran 14th at the
Footlocker West Regional cross country
meet in 2005 ... was second at the 2005
Stanford Cross Country Invitational ...
placed 14th in the 3200m at the 2005
Golden West Games, and was eighth in
the two-mile run at the 2005 Arcadia
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Chantel Hunt Jenny McCune Amanda Mergaert
Fr. • Window Rock, Ariz. Fr. • Sandy, Utah Fr. • Shelby Township, Mich.
Navajo Pines HS Alta HS Utica HS
High School: High School: High School:
Personal best in 5000m cross country Personal bests include the 5000m run in Personal bests include 400m dash in :58
run is 19:20 … has personal bests of: 2:27 19:40, 1600m in 5:12.96 and the 800m and 800m run in 2:15 … earned third-
in the 800m, 5:25 in 1600m and 12:14 in in 2:17.77 … earned Female Athlete of place in the 800m run at 2008 State Track
the 3200m run … earned most valuable the Year in her senior year … holds the Meet and fifth-place in 2009 … member
runner for Navajo Pine High School for 4x400m relay school record … lettered all of the National Honor Society, Key Club,
four years … earned Navajo Times Cross four years in track and soccer … played and National Youth Leadership program
Country Female Runner of the Year … defense on the soccer team … graduated … McDonald’s Athlete-Scholar and Utica
earned 2A 3200m state champion in 2006 with a 4.0 GPA … was a member of the Academic Scholar.
… graduated senior class valedictorian. academic all-state Team for cross country,
track, and soccer. Personal:
Personal: Daughter of Dan and Sharon Mergaert
Daughter of Delores Hunt … majoring Personal: … majoring in health sciences … hobbies
in Business Administration … hobbies Daughter of Mark and Liz McCune … include biking, reading and traveling …
include reading, camping, hiking, and riding uncle Dean Hamilton ran the 800m for born September 4, 1991.
ATV’s … born March 7, 1990. the University of Utah and grandfather
Dr. Howard Sharp Sr. was on Utah’s
ski team … undecided on a major …
hobbies include horseback riding and
snowboarding … born September 27,
Chantel Hunt Jenny McCune Amanda Mergaert
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Sydney Osmun Zoe Roy Rachel Schmalzle
Sr. • Elko, Nev. So.• Bend, Ore. Fr. • Hawley, Penn.
Elko HS Summit H.S. Wallenpaupack HS
Junior (2008): At Utah High School:
Opened the season with a 19:29.3 finish 2008 XC: Personal bests include the 5000m run
in the three-mile course at Utah State … Competed in the Utah Valley University in 18:45 and the three-mile in 18:25
finished the first 5K of the year in 21:15.0 5K with a time of 20:06.4 for 30th place … set a career best of 5:14 in the
… improved her time in the next 5K with a overall ... ... also a member of the Utah 1600m and 11:35 in the 3200m run …
time of 20:52.7 at the Utah Valley University cross-country ski team. four-time district runner-up and state
Open. qualifier … four-time all-Region team
Prior to Utah … Lackawanna League Runner of the
High School: Spent a year and a half in Austria Year 2006 through 2008 … Times
Student body vice president … member of training and ski racing ... 2007 Tribune All-Region Runner of the Year
the Key Club … chair of the community Steiermark champion. from 2006 to 2008.
service board … a member of the cross
country team and swim team. High School: Personal:
Four-time state champion at Summit Daughter of Ronald and Mary
Personal: High School ... four-year letter winner Schmalzle … hobbies include biking
Daughter of Roger and Linda Osmun … ... team captain ... ran track and cross and skiing … majoring in Biology with
majoring in parks, recreation, and tourism … country … Honor Society member in plans to attend medical school … born
would like to work in marketing and event high school. October 2, 1990.
management … born December 16, 1987.
Daughter of Rob and Muffy Roy ...
enjoys snowboarding, crocheting,
juggling and baking.
Zoe Roy Rachel Schmalzle
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Carly Selleck Chelsea Shapard
Jr. • Billings, Mont. Sr. • Park City, Utah
Billings West HS Park City HS
At Utah Three-time qualifier for the NCAA Track
Sophomore (2008): and Field Outdoor Championships with
Set a personal best at the NCAA Utah’s track and field team.
Mountain Region Championship 6K
with a time of 23:03.5 … contributed At Weber State
to Utah’s third-place finish at the Freshman (2006):
Colorado State Open (18th, 20:19.6) … Attended Weber State ... all-conference in
finished the Mountain West Conference the indoor 400-meter at WSU ... also all-
Championships 6K in 23:57. conference in the 4x400-meter relay ... set
school’s freshman record in the 400-meter
At Montana State hurdles (62.0).
Missed fall season due to a stress High School:
fracture. Four-year track and field letterwinner ...
state champion in the 400-meter in 2005 ...
High School: member of three-time 4x400-meter state
Placed third in 2004 state cross country championship team (2003-05) ... all-state in
championships … placed seventh in 400-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and in
2006 state cross country meet … the 4x400-meter relay ... team won cross
top freshman and MVP in 2003 … country (2004) and track and field (2005)
Most Inspirational in 2005 … captain state titles.
in 2005-2006 … set the Billings West
High School State Record in 2004 Personal:
for the two-mile (11:18) … two-mile Born Nov. 24, 1986... daughter of Steve and
state champion 2006-2007 … member Terry Shapard ... graduated with a BA in
of the champion 2006 state class AA Broadcast Journalism in May 2009.
track team and back-to-back swimming
champion team (2004-2005) … holds
the Riverfront Home Course Record
17:42 (2004) … also participated in
swimming and was a member of the
National Honor Society.
Daughter of Thomas and Richelle
Selleck … majoring in physical education
with plans to go into teaching physical
education … hobbies include running,
reading and swimming … born on April
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Hilary Troutner Adrienne Wilson Lucy Yates
Fr. • Provo, Utah Fr. • Kitchner, Ontario, Canada R-Fr. • St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, UK
Timpview HS Resurrection Catholic St. Albans Academy
Personal bests include the three-mile High School:
Recorded a personal best in the 1500m
in 18:07, 1600m in 5:23.01 and 3200m Recorded a personal best in the 1500m
with a time of 4:43.21 … member of the
in 11:35.74 … placed second in the with a time of 4:43.21 … member of the
4x400m team that won a bronze medal in
2008 Footlocker West Regional Senior 4x400m team that won a bronze medal in
2007 at the Ontario Federation of School
Race … state qualifier in the 1600m 2007 at the Ontario Federation of School
Athletic Association (OFSAA) … placed
and 3200m and 1600m medley relay … Athletic Association (OFSAA) … placed
12th in the OFSAA cross country meet
region champion in the medley relay, 12th in the OFSAA cross country meet
in 2006 … MVP in cross country for four
running the 800m … team captain for in 2006 … MVP in cross country for four
two years on track team and senior years.
captain on the cross country team …
MVP in track and cross country … Personal:
Daughter of Stu and Janine Wilson …
Rookie of the Year in cross country Daughter of Stu and Janine Wilson …
majoring in secondary education … hobbies
during junior year. majoring in secondary education … hobbies
include running, camping, snowboarding and
include running, camping, snowboarding and
traveling … born September 18, 1991.
Personal: traveling … born September 18, 1991.
Daughter of Stacy and Brent Troutner
… undecided on a major … hobbies
include painting, drawing, biking, camping
and hiking … born January 24, 2009.
Hilary Troutner Adrienne Wilson Lucy Yates
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2008 Meet-by-Meet Results
Utah State Colorado State Montana State Stanford Invite UVU Open Pre-Nationals Regionals
Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 3 Oct. 18 Nov. 15
3 mi. 5K 3 mi. 6K 5K 6K 6K
Alyssa Abbott DNR DNR DNR 22:20/ 31st DNR 21:14/ 41st 20:52.4/ 9th
Kellie Anderson 18:45.7/ 14th 20:51.8/ 29th 18:43/ 43rd 23:02/69th DNR 22:50/ 192nd 22:03.1/ 62nd
Brooke Casagranda DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR
Alexis Davis DNR DNR 19:20/ 51st DNR 22:54.3/ 65th DNR DNR
Chelsea DiGrazia 17:57.2/ 1st DNR 17:21/ 4th 22:19/ 30th DNR 21:31/ 60th 21:10.3/ 21st
Lauren Endersen 18:30.2/ 12th 19:59.4/ 13th DNR 22:40/ 48th DNR 22:37/ 174th 21.26.0/ 32nd
Janett Ern 18:36.7/ 13th 20:21.2/ 20th 18:00/ 10th 22:46/ 56th DNR 22:17/ 144th 22:06.1/ 64th
Samantha Gaffney 15:54.9/ 17th 21:01.0/ 31st 18:38/ 39th 23:32/ 117th DNR 22:54/ 196th 22:34.5/ 85th
Lauren Lewis DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR
Sydney Osmun 19:29.3/ 19th 21:15.0/ 35th 19:22/ 52nd DNR DNR DNR DNR
Zoe Roy DNR DNR DNR DNR 20:52.7/ 47th DNR DNR
Rachel Perkins 19:32.2/ 18th 20:27.4/ 23rd 18:31/ 36th 23:14/ 86th 20:06.4/ 30th DNR DNR
Carly Selleck DNR 20:19.6/ 18th 18:10/ 22nd DNR DNR 23:24/ 225th 23:03.5/ 102nd
Stephanie Skoreyko DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR
Lucy Yates DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR
2008 Team Finish 3rd of 3 3rd of 8 5th of 8 6th of 33 N/A 26th of 39 6th of 18
2007 Team Finish 3rd of 5 DNR 4th of 8 10th of 28 DNR DNR 11th of 1721
*Alyssa Abbott finished 76th at the 6k NCAA Championships (21.00.5).*
MWC Cross Country Championship Results NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country
1. New Mexico ................................... 31 1. Texas Tech........................................ 42
2. New Mexico ................................... 70
2. BYU................................................... 33 3. Northern Arizona .......................... 92
4. Colorado ....................................... 133
3. Utah ...................................... 77 5. BYU................................................. 152
6. Utah .................................... 188
4. Colorado State.............................121 7. Colorado St.ate............................212
8. Utah State...................................... 218
5. Wyoming ....................................... 143 9. Wyoming ....................................... 234
10. Nevada ........................................... 264
6. Air Force ....................................... 175 11. Weber State .................................. 269
12. UTEP .............................................. 340
7. UNLV .............................................. 190 13. Air Force ....................................... 347
14. Southern Utah ..............................374
8. TCU ................................................ 195 15. Montana ......................................... 408
16. New Mexico State .......................426
9. San Diego State ............................239 17. Idaho State .................................... 439
18. Montana State ..............................448
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The Salt Lake Valley and surrounding area is considered to be one of The canyon trail includes a path that is primarily dirt and another
the top 20 running cities in the United States by several of the best that is more suitable for biking. Liberty Park is another training
running publications and experts. The University of Utah distance favorite among the U’s distance runners. It includes a 1.45 mile
running corp has access to some of America’s greatest running woodchip running trail where various workouts are performed.
trails. These trails consist primarily of dirt, grass, crushed rock, Pipeline Trail is located in Millcreek Canyon which is only 15
or other runner friendly surfaces. All of these trails are located at minutes from the University of Utah campus. This out-and-back,
elevations ranging from 4,500-8,000 feet. The breathtaking scenery of 11-mile roundtrip trail is located at 6,000 feet elevation. The
the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains serve as a backdrop to one of greenery of the canyon is surrounded by 10,000-foot peaks and
America’s most beautiful and cleanest cities -- Salt Lake City. combines an incredible view of the Salt Lake Valley at trail’s end.
The Bonneville Trail runs through the university campus, Finally, the running trails in the Park City vicinity are some of the
university research park, above Utah’s famous Red Butte world’s premier running trails. Located at nearly 7,000-foot
Gardens, and by Hogle Zoo. It is a dirt trail with rolling terrain elevation, these trails provide an extensive system of training
and the best view of the entire valley. City Creek Canyon Trail is a ground surrounded by the pristine views of the Wasatch
popular running and biking avenue among Salt Lake locals. A portion Mountains, Silver Spring Lake, and America’s tourist delight -
of this trail includes running through downtown Salt Lake City, a Park City, Utah.
view of the state capitol building and the World Business Center for
the Church of Jesus Christ Later-Day Saints.
City Creek Canyon Trail is a popular running and biking avenue
among Salt Lake locals. A portion of this trail includes running
downtown Salt Lake City, a view of the state capitol building.
The Bonneville Trail runs through the
university campus, university research
park, above Utah’s famous Red Butte
Gardens, and by Hogle Zoo. It is a dirt trail
with rolling terrain and the best view of
the entire valley.
The running trails in the Park City vicinity are some of
the world’s premier running trails. Located at nearly 7,000
foot elevation, these trails provide an extensive system of
training ground surrounded by the pristine views of the
Wasatch Mountains, Silver Spring Lake, and Park City.
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The Utah cross country team has a variety of The strength and conditioning program
resources available to it to care for both the player’s concentrates on strength training, speed
physical and mental well-being. development, flexibility, mental toughness,
conditioning, injury prevention and motivation.
The Utes train in the new Alex Smith Strength and Under the direction of Doug Elisaia, the director
Conditioning Facility at the Dee Glen Smith Athletics of strength and conditioning, the cross country
Center. Smith, a quarterback for the San Francisco program works with Director of Olympic Sports
49ers, donated $500,000 as the lead gift for the Strength and Conditioning Jon Webster.
renovation and expansion of the existing strength
and conditioning facility at his alma mater. To care for the athlete’s injuries, the Utah
athletics program maintains a partnership with
The current elite training facility has 16 full racks a veteran sports medicine team supervised by
with Olympic platforms, a large dumbbell training Dr. Bob Burks, director of the University of Utah
area complete with 12 0-90 degree incline walk- Sports Medicine Center at Red Butte Clinic. The
up benches, and a large cardiovascular area sports medicine staff is headed by director Trevor
complete with treadmills, cross trainers, stair steppers Jameson and associate trainer Deb Willardson.
and spin bikes. The cross country team works with Jameson and
graduate assistant Jennifer Roney on a daily basis.
Other resources available to Utah cross
country runners include a sports psychologist and
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University of Utah residence hall and three-bedroom apartments.
students live in a magnificent mountain Each residence hall has an advanced
setting. Heritage Commons, a living- telecommunications system (voice,
learning community of 2,500 students, video and data), Internet and cable TV
opened in 2000. It served as the Athletes connections, HBO in every room, a large
Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter community lounge, study rooms, indoor
Games. The residential complex is the bike storage and a kitchenette on every
heart of campus activity and has a vibrant, floor. Other amenities include game and
energetic atmosphere. exercise rooms and computer labs.
Situated in historic Fort Douglas on The Chase N. Peterson Heritage
70 acres of land, the 912,000-square foot Center is the hub of the student housing
residential complex boasts picturesque village and houses a central dining facility
views of Salt Lake City and the that seats 600, a convenience store,
surrounding mountain ranges. Heritage computer and technology labs, fitness
Commons consists of 21 buildings and game rooms, multipurpose rooms, a
(20 residential and one for dining and mail center and more. The student village
support services). Eight of the buildings also contains a University Bookstore
are apartment style, with 235 one-, two- branch, University Copy Center and even
a hotel—the University Guest House.
Transportation is another benefit of
Heritage Commons. A U. of U. parking
permit allows residents to park close to
their hall, but a car is not necessary. Free HeRiTAGe CoMMonS
campus shuttles run every 10 minutes
and the Utah Transit Authority and light • Located on 70 acres
rail (TRAX), free to U. students, traverse • 912,000-square foot complex
21 routes to and from campus. TRAX • 21 total buildings
extends to downtown Salt Lake and • Dining hall, post office, bookstore,
outlying areas, with an airport spur in the copy center
works. The residence halls are also easily • Computer and technology labs
accessible to main campus by foot and • Internet, cable TV and HBO in all
are connected via the George S. Eccles rooms
2002 Legacy Bridge. • Served by TRAX and UTA bus
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The University of Utah is a hub for higher
A SNAPSHOT OF U. education from the Rockies to the Sierras and
boasts an academic reputation that is rivaled
• Founded in 1850 only by its breathtaking vistas. To the east rise
• Research I University the 11,500 foot, snow-capped peaks of the
• 190 majors Wasatch Mountains. To the west, the Great
• Enrollment of 29,251 Salt Lake shimmers beneath the Oquirrh
• 1,534-acre campus Mountains. The 1,500-acre campus, nestled
• School of Medicine in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is
• School of Law a beautiful collage of native and exotic trees,
• School of Business fountains, flowering malls and pedestrian
• School of Pharmacy
• School of Engineering Founded in 1850, the University offers
• American Indian Social 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate majors.
Work program Academic opportunities at the U. include
(the nation’s first) colleges of law, medicine, architecture,
pharmacy, business and engineering. The U.
also boasts the nation’s first American Indian
social work program. Utah draws its 29,000-
plus student population from all 50 states and
114 foreign countries.
Utah ranks among the top 35 public
research universities in the nation, with
particular distinction in medicine, genetics and database in the world and is the only National
engineering. Scientists from the University of Cancer Institute in the Intermountain West.
Utah have identified more genes with diseases Gene targeting was developed at the Eccles
than anywhere else in the world. University of Institute. The Moran Eye Center is considered
Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the one of the top eye centers in the world.
2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for
his work on gene targeting. Capecchi is one The University of Utah was ranked
of many acclaimed faculty members. The U. second in the nation in the most recent
ranks 30th among the nation’s public research rankings of university startup companies based
universities in significant awards to faculty. on scholarly research—behind only MIT. The
U. spun off 23 companies for fiscal year 2008
Research Park, located on 320 acres and has created 59 companies in the last three
adjacent to the campus, houses 42 companies years.
and 69 university departments. Some of
the more prominent residents of Research Several of the U. of U.’s colleges have also
Park are the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the received favorable national rankings, among
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Eccles them the College of Pharmacy, which has been
Institute of Human Genetics, the Moran Eye ranked in the top four in the nation since
Center and the Brain Institute. The Huntsman 1975.
Cancer Institute has the largest genetic
University of Utah
Institute. It was
opened in the fall of
1999 and was funded
by a $225 million
pledge from Utah
Jon M. Huntsman.
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